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January 23rd

Diossa reaches out to CFHS students, swears in Youth Council

January 23, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — When Central Falls Mayor James Diossa took the helm of the state’s smallest city in December 2012, he was only 27, and one of his campaign promises was to engage the city’s youngest residents and give them an opportunity to be part of his plan to improve the city’s image and help him lead it out of bankruptcy.

On Thursday, Diossa made good on that promise when he swore in five Central Falls High School students to the city’s first Mayor’s Youth Council.

Full story appears on Page 1 of Friday's Times.

Napoleáo L. Vicente

January 23, 2014

Napoleáo L. Vicente

LINCOLN - Napoleáo L. Vicente, 91, passed on January 22nd with his loving family by his side. He was the husband of Adelina (Pina) Vicente. They have been married for 66 years.
Born in Brava, Cabo Verde, a son of the late Amancio and Julia (Pina) Vicente.
He had been employed by Healthtex for many years before retiring.

George J. Washburn

January 23, 2014

George J. Washburn

SEEKONK - George J. Washburn, 94, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Emily C. (Weaton) Washburn. Born in Taunton, a son of the late George E. and Almy (Bliss) Washburn, he resided in Seekonk over seventy years.

Donald R. Farrell

January 23, 2014

Donald R. Farrell

CUMBERLAND - Donald R. Farrell, 82, of Cumberland, passed away Wednesday at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the husband of Bertha (Pellerin) Farrell, and they had been married for over 56 years.
Born in Central Falls, he was the son of the late John Sousa and Ethel (Farrell) Sousa. He was a life-long Cumberland resident.
He was a United States Army, Korean War Veteran. He received the Korean War citation, three Bronze Stars, Occupational Medal of Japan, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Do you think Chafee failed?

January 23, 2014

Editor's note: Jim Baron's column, Politics As Usual, appears on Mondays in The Times. The column below was first published in The Times on Jan. 20, 2014.

Ever since Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced last September that he would not seek another term at the Statehouse, reporters have been nagging him to say what he thinks his legacy should be or what he would like it to be.
I think we got that answer last week, with Chafee’s final State of the State address.

January 22nd

Cumberland's Bauer hopes improvement in pool leads to success down the road

January 23, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Throughout the 2012-13 winter campaign, then-Cumberland High sophomore Jack Bauer improved at a rapid rate, causing older brother Andrew to continue to hassle him about registering for a USA Swimming-affiliated club program.
Andrew, a phenomenal distance freestyler in his own right, had done the same, and he reasoned that Jack would only get faster, given the more grueling workouts.

Storm leaves frosty air, piles of powder

January 23, 2014

The second snowstorm of 2014 dumped about 6 inches of light, powdery snow on Pawtucket.

“It wasn’t a horrible storm, but the timing was an issue,” Pawtucket Public Works Director Lance Hill said Wednesday. “It started just before rush hour and when you have traffic on the road packing down the snow it makes it extremely difficult to remove.”

The total snow accumulation in Pawtucket was 6 inches.
Pawtucket’s Public Works Department plows and sands more than 180 miles of roadway.

St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler co-op hockey team savors five-game win streak, benefits from improved play

January 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET — As a father watching his son represent the St. Raphael/Providence Country Day/Wheeler co-op squad last winter, Gary Leonard noticed it often didn't play as a team, a fluid unit. To him, it looked as if the players seemed more concerned with individual stats and/or glory.
“I thought the biggest issue with them was selfish team play,” he stated Tuesday afternoon. “When I became the head coach back in September, it was my goal to eliminate the selfishness and try to build a program based on team success.”

Maureen Azar

January 22, 2014

Maureen Azar

CUMBERLAND- Maureen Azar, 50, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at her home. She was the beloved daughter of Joan B. (Toomey) Azar and the late Louis R. Azar.
Besides her mother, she is survived by her loving sister, Joanne Diggle, her beloved niece, Ashley Diggle who she adored, and her partner John Plaskon of New York.

Thomas D. McGrath

January 22, 2014

Thomas D. McGrath

NORTH PROVIDENCE- Thomas D. McGrath, 67, of Obed Ave., passed away Friday in the Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Pawtucket he was the son of the late Edmond F. and Mary D. (Ware) McGrath. He resided in North Providence with his companion Diane Anelundi for eight years.
Thomas was a welder employed by the Whittet Co., Central Falls and previously employed by the Kellaway Transportation Co., Pawtucket.

Jose Jesus de Abreu

January 22, 2014

Jose Jesus de Abreu

PAWTUCKET- Jose Jesus de Abreu, 81, of Pawtucket passed away Tuesday, January 20th at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of Francelina (dos Santos) De Abreu and father to Grace Small and Belinha De Abreu.

January 21st

Central Falls principal mourned

January 21, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — She was one of the city's own, who had pursued her education and then stayed to help and inspire others, so the news of the sudden passing of Ella Risk Elementary School Principal Maureen Azar cast a pall over the community.

Shirley M. Landry

January 21, 2014

Shirley M. Landry

CENTRAL FALLS - Shirley M. Landry, 68, passed on December 14, 2013 while visiting her sister in Ohio. She was the wife of Reginald Landry. They had been married for 50 years. Shirley had been employed in the jewelry industry for many years.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Kristen Landry, a grandson, Mathew, her siblings, Mary Shaner, Franny Brenaman, Suzie Hodge, David Gamel and Ronnie Weir. She was the mother of the late Kimberlee Landry.
Services were private.
For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com

Zilda de Jesus Salustio

January 21, 2014

Zilda de Jesus Salustio

CUMBERLAND - Zilda de Jesus Salustio (de Loureiro), 95, of Broad St. passed away Friday in The Holiday Retirement Home, Manville. She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio L. Salustio.
Born in Moimenta do Dao, Mangualde, Portugal she was the daughter of the late Joao M. and Ana (Marques) de Loureiro. She had resided in Cumberland for 54 years.
She was employed by the former Atlas Braid Co., Cumberland for many years retiring in 1982. Mrs. Salustio was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.

Normand J. Daigle

January 21, 2014

Normand J. Daigle

No longer bound by drama, Friars trending upward

January 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – There are two schools of thought as to why Ted Bancroft and the Friars have gone on to string three Big East wins together following an 0-2 start.

Representing the Providence program at Monday’s college basketball brunch, held at Warwick's Radisson Hotel, Bancroft mentioned that a players-only meeting was staged in the aftermath of a 30-point blowout loss at Villanova earlier this month. At the time, the Friars appeared in a free fall after losing back-to-back overtime contests to UMass and Seton Hall before getting drubbed by the Wildcats.

January 20th

New Slater Mill director uses past to look ahead

January 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Speaking with Slater Mill Museum’s new executive director Lori Urso, one finds a person who is historically grounded while creatively edgy. That unique blend seems to make her tailor-made to lead the renowned textile industry museum as it looks to expand its reach and mission.

Volunteer painters spruce up the halls of Goff Middle School

January 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It was a colorful way to spend Martin Luther King Day. While students and most of the staff enjoyed the Monday off, about 170 AmeriCorps volunteers descended upon Goff Middle School to paint the hallways in cheery citrus yellows and greens.

Laura A. Hardy

January 20, 2014

Laura A. Hardy

PAWTUCKET - HARDY, LAURA A. (KELSAY), of Pawtucket died unexpectedly on Sunday, January 19, 2014. She was the wife of the late John G. Hardy. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence B. Kelsay and Nativa (Bourassa) Kelsay.
Mrs. Hardy worked for the Pawtucket School Department for the last 25 years, most recently as secretary for the Title 1 Program and the Alternative Learning Program.
She was a communicant at St. Teresa's Church, Pawtucket, a longtime Mary Kay consultant, and a member of the Red Hat Society.

Barbara Wright

January 20, 2014

Barbara Wright

PAWTUCKET - Barbara Wright, 79, entered into eternal life on Saturday at Woonsocket Health Center after an illness. She was the wife of Stephen Wright. Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Francis "Bibby" McDermott and Irene (Railton) McDermott.
Barbara had lived in Swansea for 2 years and also in Attleboro for more than 15 years and more recently in Pawtucket for more than 15 years. She had been employed in the jewelry manufacturing industry at Dante Jewelry, Darlene Jewelry and also at Charisma Creations. Barbara was an avid gardener prior to her illness.

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